David Brown Santasalo supports BAE Systems in bid for Future Frigate Programme

As a longstanding defence industry gearing supplier, and manufacturer of main propulsion gearboxes for the Global Combat Ship, David Brown Santasalo is delighted to support BAE Systems in their tender for the Commonwealth of Australia’s SEA 5000 Future Frigate program.

January 2018

David Brown Santasalo is a well-known and respected brand in Australia’s industrial gear engineering market. The company’s presence in Australia began with key engineering heritage brands; Richardson Gears, Sonnderdale and John Welsh, which all became part of the David Brown Santasalo family several decades ago.

Now, David Brown Santasalo is a strong leader in mechanical power transmissions for assurance critical applications in the mining, power generation, oil & gas, land and naval defence industries. Operating from a manufacturing centre in Bulli and three service centres in Mackay, Melbourne and Perth, David Brown Santasalo serves customers right across Australia.

David Brown Santasalo is committed to its Australian presence and will be looking to maximise the involvement of Australian industry in all phases of the program. Partnering with local, expert suppliers to promote job creation, technology transfer, training and long term service support, is key to David Brown Santasalo Australia’s business strategy - more than 50% of its existing supply chain is already based in Australia.

The Commonwealth of Australia’s SEA 5000 Future Frigate Programme seeks to establish the in-country industrial capability necessary to support the build, operation and sustainability of the Future Frigates. David Brown Santasalo understands the important issues surrounding localisation, and its core business strategy is focused on delivering local gear engineering, service and support.

Dean Leydecker, Managing Director Australia explains: “Localisation is at the core of both our business and our participation in the SEA 5000 Future Frigate program. We are delighted to be working with BAE Systems to provide a solution that not only provides a state of the art anti-submarine warfare (ASW) vessel for the Commonwealth of Australia, but also benefits the Australian economy and provides work for local people and businesses.

“David Brown Santasalo has operated in Australia for more than eight decades and has provided gearing products and services to a multitude of customers, from local process industry SMEs to multinational corporations. We are excited to support BAE Systems with their Global Combat Ship-Australia (GCS-A) offering as it represents significant opportunities for local industry development and employment for our future generations.”

With 52 employees in Australia, David Brown Santasalo is committed to supporting and developing the skills of its people and operates initiatives such as apprenticeships, leadership training programs and a graduate training program for mechanical engineering in conjunction with Wollongong University, all of which strengthen its highly skilled, highly dedicated workforce. In addition, the company operates a training program with Wollongong’s largest steel manufacturer, where apprentices join the David Brown Santasalo team for a four-week period to develop their skills in gear turning and fitting.

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